PET as a tool for diagnostics or research offers many unique options and advantages but also requires unique devices and high-level expertise. Turku PET Centre, operating in the University of Turku, is globally known for its versatile resources and long experience in the field of PET.

The programme can be tailored to the needs of the participating groups.


Objectives of the programme

  • Broad introduction to the PET imaging,
  • Understanding on the interdisciplinary nature of PET imaging,
  • Understanding of the essentials of the PET imaging physics, radiochemistry, and data analysis,
  • Knowledge on PET applications, both research and clinical,
  • Theoretical and practical skills in modern techniques used in biomedical research and applications.

The programme includes lectures by academic experts and professionals, site visits, and observation in the PET Centre, as well as hands-on working with the techniques.

Day 1

  • Tour to the facilities of Turku PET Centre
  • Neuroimaging of small animals with PET
  • Neurotransmitter systems studied with PET
  • Statistical analysis of brain-PET data

Day 2

  • PET in clinical neurology
  • PET in cancer diagnosis and therapy
  • Oncological research

Day 3

  • PET imaging of exercise responses
  • Multimodality imaging using CT, MRI and PET
  • Medicinal chemistry in PET & drug development
  • PET in clinical cardiology

Day 4

  • Quantitative PET imaging of metabolic diseases
  • PET in clinical endocrinology
  • Preclinical cardiovascular research

Day 5

  • PET imaging of infection/inflammation
  • Preclinical inflammation research
  • Key learnings and conclusions on the Programme
  • Feedback and certification

Part I

  • Introduction of PET and Turku PET Centre
  • Radiation physics and safety
  • PET instrumentation
  • Production of PET radionuclides

Part II

  • Short history of radiochemistry
  • 11C radiochemistry
  • 18F radiochemistry
  • Radiometal chemistry
  • Radiopharmacy and GMP guidelines for PET

Part III

  • Image acquisition and reconstruction
  • Information technologies and image analysis in PET
  • Small animal imaging and pre-clinical evaluation of PET tracers
  • Radiometabolism of PET tracers
  • Text BoxQuantification of PET

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  • Accelerator Laboratory,
  • Radiopharmaceutical chemistry laboratory,
  • Preclinical imaging laboratory,
  • PET imaging laboratory

The facilities utilize 4 cyclotrons, 26 hot cells for GMP and non-GMP tracer production, three PET/CT scanners, a brain PET scanner (HRRT), a PET/MRI (3.0T) scanner, three small animal PET/CT scanner and a digital ultrasound systems. 

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The programme is targeted to researchers, physicians, and PhD students from universities, public and private research institutes, hospitals, and pharmaceutical companies operating for example in the imaging, biotechnology, and drug development fields.

Participants with at least a bachelor’s degree in the field of biosciences or medicine would benefit most from the programme.


On request


1-3 weeks, depending on customer needs

On-site in Finland or partially online


Max. 20 participants